Award: 10 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: September or January(Semester 1/2)

ZOOL40350 Cultural Heritage Conservation


This module is designed to accommodate applicants with a varietyof academic qualifications including Archeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics.

This module is directed at professionals interested in advancing their career in the field of cultural heritage conservation and management with regard to the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in particular.

What will I study?

This core module provides a broad introduction to cultural heritage in a World Heritage context.

It covers theoretical aspects of cultural heritage, its protection and management, including international charters and conventions. Topics include heritage tourism, postcolonial heritage, endangered heritage through natural disasters, conflicts and war, and the return of stolen objects.

Cultural heritage is explored as a human right and tool for sustainable development with focus on World Heritage properties and international case studies.

How will I study?

The cultural heritage conservation module will include:
  • a series of written ‘Sessions’ that are structured to help guide students in their study of specific topics with recommended readings and exercises.
  • Reflective study journal
  • Interactive discussion boards

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. The module is worth ten credits, whereby one credit corresponds to approximately 25 hours of total student effort. As a guideline the workload for this module (250 hours) is broken down as follows:
  • Interactive learning online: 30 hours
  • Independent study: 140 hours
  • Assessment: 80 hours

How will I be assessed?

  • Study journal (20%): a tool for continuous reflective learning
  • Essay (40%): mid-term assignment
  • Project work (40%): end of module assignment

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural heritage as a multidisciplinary process;
  • Compare and contrast tools for cultural heritage evaluation and protection;
  • Identify the different roles and functions of key actors in cultural heritage conservation in national and international contexts;
  • Analyse necessary conditions for selection, nomination and management of cultural World Heritage properties;

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. It is advised that the module on the World Heritage Convention (ZOOL 40360) is taken in conjunction with this module.